The 47th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 26th June 1912 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with a pot of 700 sovereigns, 50 sovereigns to the second and 15 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and bred in Ireland by Mr John Reese, trained by Bartholomew Kirby at Curragh View, Kildare and ridden by Danny Maher. The winner won by 2 1/2 lengths in a time of 2 minutes 51 seconds, with 8 lengths between second and third.


CIVILITY (Bay colt by Grebe out of The Israelite) SR 1936

The winning owner won 620 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £67,300 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 CIVILITY 8.12 Danny Maher Mr John Reese Bartholomew Kirby
2 GAEL RHU 9.2 Fred Hunter Mr G A Prentice Joseph Hunter
3 KITHOGUE 8.2 John Doyle Mr James Lonsdale John Behan
4 TICKLER 8.2 Steve Donoghue Mr William Dunne Michael Dawson
5 WHISTLING DUCK 7.12 Joe Doyle Mr James Lonsdale John Behan

Danny Aloysius Maher was born in 1881 in the Connecticut town of Hartford and became a respected jockey on both sides of the Atlantic. He was installed in the American Hall of Fame for his riding exploits, while in England he won the Jockeys Championship in 1908 and again in 1913. He amassed 1421 winners in England, including Epsom Derby wins in 1903 on Rock Sand (SR 2051) who went on to land the English Triple Crown, in 1905 on Cicero (SR 2029) and in 1906 on Spearmint (SR 2060). His career was cut short in his prime when he died from pulmonary tuberculosis (then termed consumption) on 9th November 1916 aged just 35.

1/2 fav Gael Rhu
5/1 Civility
7/1 Kithogue
7/1 Tickler
100/1 Whistling Duck
  Over round 108%
FORMLINE:- The winner received 4 lbs from the hot favourite but won in a canter by 2 1/2 lengths, albeit about 6 seconds slower than average.

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